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Destin, Florida, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Destin?

You should plan to spend around $192 per day on your vacation in Destin. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $51 on meals
  • $50 on local transportation
  • $222 on hotels

A one week trip to Destin for two people costs, on average, $2,683. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Destin cost?

A one week trip to Destin usually costs around $1,342 for one person and $2,683 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Destin on average costs around $2,683 for one person and $5,367 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Destin will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Destin on average costs around $5,750 for one person and $11,501 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Destin has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Destin expensive to visit?

Prices in Destin are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Destin is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Boulder or Portland, Maine.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Destin Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Destin?

The average Destin trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Destin travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $222
Local Transportation 1 $50
Food 2 $51
Entertainment 1 $17
Alcohol 2 $24 - 73
Accommodation Budget in Destin
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Destin is $111. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Destin is $222. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Destin

Looking for a hotel in Destin? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Destin based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $403. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Destin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Destin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $50 per person, per day, on local transportation in Destin.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Destin
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Rental Cars in Destin
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Food Budget in Destin
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Destin can vary, the average cost of food in Destin is $51 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Destin should cost around $21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Destin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Destin
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Destin typically cost an average of $17 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Destin?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Destin are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Destin, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • 1 Day Rental Umbrella and Chairs

Alcohol Budget in Destin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $49 on alcoholic beverages in Destin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Destin On a Budget
Destin Destin, Florida
An upscale resort town located on the Florida Panhandle, Destin is best known for its white sand beaches and clear green waters, golfing opportunities, and world renowned fishing. The stretch of beach here (on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay) is nicknamed Florida's Emerald Coast.
Once a small fishing village, Destin has grown to become one of Florida's most-visited vacation hubs - a city of hotels, motels, and high-rise condominiums. The emerald waters and sugar-white sands attract beachgoers year after year. One of the main access points to its beautiful coastline is at Henderson Beach State Recreation Area. In addition to beach access, some perks here include bicycling, birding, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming, wildlife viewing and full camping facilities. Crystal Sands Beach is also popular with visitors.

Other attractions include the Deston Harbor and Boardwalk, Jetty East Beach, James Lee Park, Mid-Bay Bridge, and the Destin History and Fishing Museum.
Destin's HarborWalk Village is one of the main hubs for visitors. Located right along the harbor, the village provides tons of waterfront shopping, rentals from paddle board and kayak to pontoon and jet skis, parasailing, glass bottom boats, world class fishing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, concerts and live music, weekly fireworks, entertainment, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes. When in doubt, HarborWalk Village is a great place to begin any adventure. Destin Commons is another popular place to find anything and everything you could want while on vacation. The outdoor center features more than 90 stores and restaurants offering the finest shopping, dining and entertainment, including plenty of retail and specialty shops as well as a movie theater. If you want to venture just outside of Destin, the Village of Baytowne Wharf also features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife, plus a full schedule of outdoor festivals and special events.

Some of the favorite activities in Destin are scuba and snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, tubing, water skiing, kayak rentals, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, and golfing. There are plenty of rental options available for those who need equipment, as well as lessons for anything from scuba diving to building sand castles. The beach is the place to be during the day whether you plan on soaking up the sun, swimming in the glimmering waters, or seizing the day with watersports. By night, visit the harbor and boardwalk for plenty of live music and entertainment and a number of great dining options. For even more ideas, check out this guide to things to do in Destin, Florida.

Year-round the climate is ideal for golfing with opportunities including the award-winning Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and the public Ft. Walton Beach Golf Club, Golf Garden of Destin, Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, and the Seascape Resort & Conference Center.

Deep-sea fishing can be organized with companies like Adventure Charters and Pelican Adventures, while wildlife cruises can be scheduled with businesses like Dolphin Cruise at Harborwalk Marina and Moody's.
Food and Dining
Like any popular vacation destination, Destin has plenty of dining options to satisfy all tastes and budgets. Both on and off the beach, there are a number of places serving anything from small bites to indulgent meals. Known for its fishing, Destin and all locations on the Emerald Coast will usually have great seafood restaurants to match. From rustic oyster bars and open-air cafes to candlelit restaurants, any eatery in Destin will offer a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood. Though the seafood is sure to please, you can also find familiar chain restaurants and other eateries serving just about anything you could crave - steak, sushi, wood-oven-fired pizzas, authentic Asian cuisine, or a hearty hamburger. Some of the top restaurants include Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn (for a meal with a view!), Vintij Wine Boutique & Bistro, Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, Louisiana Lagniappe, Buck's Smokehouse, and McGuire's Irish Pub. As mentioned earlier, most restaurants are located in shopping hubs like the HarborWalk Village, Destin Commons, and the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

The closest public airport is Northwest Florida Regional Airport, also known as the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (car rentals are available from here). It is located near Destin and Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida. Other nearby airports include Pensacola International Airport which is about 1 hour 20 minutes from Destin, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport which is about 1 hour from Destin. Shuttles and taxis can be arranged to reach Destin from the airports.

By car, Destin is located on US 98 between Pensacola and Panama City.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.